How to Choose the Best Metal for Your Metal Cut Laser Project

by Jun 22, 2020CNC Plasma Cutting, industry news, Information, Metal Supply, Services, Tips0 comments

If you’re getting bored and restless from staying at home, maybe it’s time to pick up a new hobby or start a new project. Metal projects can be great for making new art or creating something useful, but sometimes it’s hard to know which metal is right for what you have in mind. Here’s a guide to four basic crafting metals and what they’re good for. Once you decide which is best for you, browse Short Iron Store’s online shop. If you don’t see what you want, call and ask if we have it in stock. We’re always happy to help.


Did you know copper was the first metal to be smelted by early man? This metal can be mined directly from the earth and used in its purest form. Copper is a great conductor, which is why it’s often used to make electrical parts. It’s beautiful and ready to go without much processing, and it’s very malleable. It can be used outside, but eventually it’ll ‘patina’, or turn green from extended oxidization (like the Statue of Liberty). We think this metal is best used for indoor decorations and electrical parts. 

Stainless Steel 

If you’re looking for something durable that looks great even without polish, stainless steel might be the perfect metal for the job. Stainless steel looks great as a decorative piece, and it’s durable enough for most practical uses. This metal is strong and sturdy, and it’s perfect for the outdoors. If you’re a beginner, you’ll love how easy it is to weld. It’s also cost effective and great for welders on a budget. 


Aluminum is easy to work with and tough to break, making it perfect for beginners. You can use aluminum for prototypes or final versions of your project. It doesn’t corrode, so it’s great for outdoor use. This metal is lightweight and very easy to file, drill, and sand. It holds up well in outdoor spaces and it looks great without paint or polish. If you want something easier than stainless steel but just as strong, aluminum might be right for you. 


Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and its brilliant gold color makes it perfect for jewelry. This metal has a low friction point, meaning it won’t create sparks, which is great for locks, door fixtures, chains, and ammunition. This metal is also beautiful on its own and doesn’t need much processing or finishing. It’s very malleable and easy to work with, and it looks great outside as long as you top it with a protective finish. 

Custom Metal Design and CNC Cutting at Short Iron Store

If you’re looking for custom metal design, plasma-cut metal, or full-length metal, visit the Short Iron Store. We’ve got metal for nearly any project, and our metal art can be made to nearly any request. Check our online store for whatever metal you want, and call us for a free quote on your next project!